By Emeka Nwokocha
The Delta State Open Government Partnership (OGP), has rolled out activities to commemorate this year’s Open Government Partnership Week, starting from Monday 8 to 12 May, 2023.
In a statement made available to journalists by the State Steering Committee (SSC), the commemoration of the OGP week will be spiced with a number of activities including media shows in Radio and Television, Press Conferences, Media Parley, and Rally / Advocacy Visits to Stakeholders of the OGP network.
The statement said, “The Delta State Open Government Partnership (OGP) joins millions globally to commemorate the Global OGP Week with strategic focus “A global call to action to transform the way governments serve their citizens.”
The statement noted that during the one week long event, reformers in and outside of government, including Non state actors will come together to brainstorm and profer solutions to the most pressing problems around governance. It added, “Over the past five years, there have been more than 1,600 events in over 60 countries, cutting across public debates and assemblies, hackathons, webinars and parades which have led to strong commitments to open up governments everywhere and seeking to expand and empower the communities, making open government the norm across all levels and branches of government, and becoming a hub of stories and inspiration.”
In the statement, the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Co-Chair, State Actors, SSC, Dr. Barry Gbe, noted that since Delta State signed on to the OGP, it had been consistent in making progress towards implementation and reporting of the State Action Plan (SAP), saying, “We hope to sustain the progress and ensure that it delivers for us.”
In the same vein, the Co-Chair, Non State Actors, SSC, Chief (Barr) Emmanuel Uti noted that, “The cooperation between the State Actors and the NonState Actors of the SSC as exemplified in the Co-Creation Agenda has really positioned the Delta SSC for better cohesion and making positive impact.”
He further stated, “The activities for the OGP Week is being coordinated by the State and Non State Actors of the Delta State Steering Committee (SSC) and other partners like Policy Alert, Niger Delta Open Government Observatory (NOGO), including the Media.”
While advancing the objective of the OGP week in the statement, a foundation member of the OGP movement in Delta State, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe said, “In line with the theme of this year’s OGP commemoration, ‘strengthening the participation of the citizens in governance,’ we call on State and Non-State Actors to own the process, with a view to achieving its core objective. He urged citizens to participate fully for the benefit of Deltans, stating that government and citizens are poised to do things differently in line with acceptable global best practice.” He added, “The desire to empower the citizen is seen as a sure foundation for sustainable growth.”